Sligo IT for my undergraduate and UCC current for my PhD
Degree in biomedical science, diploma in astronomy and astrophysics and nearly PhD
Tyndall National institute
Favourite thing to do in science: I like viruses!
My Work: I diagnose diseases using lazer light
I work to diagnose cancer and infectious diseases using a method called surface plasmon resonance. I make biosensors, basically. I use antibodies or viruses that I couple to gold films on a glass prism and shine a lazer light on them. I observe the shift in wavelength to see if a disease is present.
My Typical Day: A lot of sweet talking to my antibodies, so it will work.
A day in the lab would be modifying my samples, and performing a bio assay. There is loads more, but if won’t fit in here..
What I'd do with the money: I would like to donate it to the Victor dowling equine rescue centre, where I volunteer once a week. These guys do a great job.
I volunteer once a week at an equine rescue centre, and I would like to give them the money. They have horses and dogs there, and they do a great job, but are underfunded . I was thinking an equine science event for school children might raise awareness.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, loud, auburny brown (not ginger)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Nobody in particular
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics and biology
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Make a sensor that detects pancreatic cancer
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Albert Einstein, Carl sagan
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A horse riding instructor
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have a pony. And another one. And another one.
Tell us a joke.
What does a fish say when he swims into a wall? – Dam. (I’m bad at jokes..)